Integral to an appreciation and understanding of the diverse food cultures of the American South is the collection and preservation of the stories behind the food. Our Oral History Initiative seeks to capture stories of Southerners who grow, create, serve, and consume food and drink. Follow the links below to visit all of the projects in our onlinearchive and learn how to add to our collection.
Click here to use our custom, interactive maps, which will help you build in detours as you travel the region. From boudin to gumbo and bacon to oysters, you may never make it home!
Regional and trail Projects
Projects by State
Bartenders of New Orleans
Down the Bayou
Lunch Houses of Acadiana
New Orleans Eats
New Orleans Sno-Balls
Southern Boudin Trail
Southern Gumbo Trail
FILMS: To Live and Die in Avoyelles Parish; Above the Line: Saving Willie Mae’s Scotch House; MARSAW
Biloxi's Ethnic Shrimping Communities
Doe's Eat Place
Downtown Greenwood Farmers’ Market
Ole Miss Cooks
Shiloh Seventh-day Adventist Church
Southern BBQ Trail
Woodson Ridge Farms
FILMS: Phat Thai, Smokes & Ears, Eat or We’ll Both Starve, On Flavor, Rolling Tamales on MLK
Add to our Collection
We invite you to participate in this Oral History Initiative. You can get involved by conducting your own interview, using the tools available on this site, and submit it to us for inclusion in our permanent archive at the University of Mississippi. Visit the links below to get started.
If your are an instructor considering oral history for a school project or would like to discuss a possible collaboration, please contact the SFA’s oral historian, Amy Evans Streeter, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (662) 915-5993.
More information on conducting oral histories and using oral history in the classroom.
- American Folklife Center
- Historical Voices
- Oral History Association
- Oral History in the Classroom
- Radio Diaries
- Studs Terkel
- UNC’s Southern Oral History Program
For more information
Please contact the SFA’s oral historian, Amy Evans Streeter, via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone (662) 915-5993.